Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/16/18 – 01/22/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea
January 17 @ 2:00 pm

Wednesday, January 17 at 2:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea with local authors Bonnie Jeane-Marie and Kittye Sharron!  She’ll share her challenging and amazing life experiences as detailed in her books that emphasize the importance of faith with honesty and sincerity.

Copies of the authors’ works will be available for purchase.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or .

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Date Night: What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to “Date Night” at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  “What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art” has limited spaces at the cost of $35 or $30 for members.

Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting?  You won’t taste the paintings, but you will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique.  The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.  For tickets or more information, call 231-720-2570.

Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.

Learn to Luge Weekend
January 19 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Comedian Dwayne Gill – Muskegon Junior Jacks Fundraiser
January 19 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, January 19, you’re invited to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live, stand-up comedy from Dwayne Gill!  This is a fundraiser for the Muskegon Junior Jacks.

A native of Detroit, Gill has been a US Marine, State Trooper and, of course, a comedian.  He has won many awards and shared the stage with top comedians such as Alonzo Bodden, Kathleen Madigan, John Heffron and many more!  If you’ve never met a cop with a sense of humor, then you’ve never met Dwayne.

Doors open at 6:30pm with appetizers and a cash bar available.  The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Buy a table for 10 for $250 to guarantee your party can sit together.  VIP tables are $350 and offer front row seating, one drink ticket per person and goodies.  There will also be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.  Tickets can be purchased online or by e-mailing

Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Snow Shoe Saturday at Heritage Park
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

January 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park for a “Snow Shoe Saturday!”   The cost is $3 for members or $5 for non-members.  Bring your own shoes or rent a pair for $5 from the park.  They carry sizes from toddler to adult!  There’ll be a warming station with hot drinks provided and different historic sites open each time!  For more information, contact the park at (231) 894-0342.

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, January 20 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley Davidson for their 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off!  All proceeds benefit Pioneer Trials Camp.  Join The Boars Belly, Hennessy’s Pub, Texas Roadhouse and Just Klassics Deli as they compete for the title of Chili Champion!  Get free samples and vote for your favorite, while supplies last.  Get a bowl of your favorite for a donation to Pioneer Trails Camp.

Plus, “Pick Your Pepper” for a sizzling hot deal.  Get 15% – 25% off officially licensed products.  Your discount will be drawn at time of purchase and applies to regular priced items.  Cannot be combined with any other offers.  Motorcycles, labor and select special orders are excluded.  For more information, call 231-722-0000.

Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
January 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.